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A great place for book lovers, with a large selection of paperbacks, hardbacks, collector's editions in a beautiful building (formerly Alnwick Railway Station). If you have any coffee table books you want to get rid of bring them for a Barter. Good coffee, open fire, great restaurant and comfy chairs. Life drawing classes Wednesday evenings.
The medival fortress of Alnwick Castle is one of Europe's finest. Set in a stunning landscape, this magical castle dominates the skyline and overlooks the historic market town of Alnwick. Alnwick Castle is the second larges inhabited castle in England and fabulous home of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland whose family, the Percys have lived here since 1309. Featured in Harry Potter as his school 'Hogwarts' in the famous films. See website for info re events.
With run-through fountains, poison garden and sit-on tractors. The restaurants are fantastic, especially The Treehouse Restaurant which is actually in the treehouse! For more informal eating try the Pavillion in the Garden.
Standing on the dramatic headland overlooking the North East coast, Dunstanburgh was once the largest castle in Northumberland, covering 11 acres. Built in 1313, what remains from the ravages of time, weather and warfare is a gaunt ruin, a tantalizing glimpse of what this grand fortress was like.
Is the smallest museum in the country with less floor space than a fitted wardrobe and filled with framed photos of the hut's history and assorted trinkets from the village's past. Fishing boats sprawl outside. Combine this with a leisurely walk along Alnmouth beach and pop into Beaches or Northumberland Street Food of another of the eateries or pubs on the high street. Check village website for Volcano Evening and Raft Race (1st Aug 2015) need to phone to enter a raft.
From Caster village to Dunstanburgh Castle - fish soup and crab sandwiches in the Jolly Fisherman's Pub or the Coastal Cafe. Stock up on freshly smoked kippers, smoked salmon and lobsters at Robson's Smokery in the village. Pop into Mick Oxley's art gallery opposite.
The Red Lion and The Sun in Alnmouth take children and dogs and are a great excuse for a walk down to the village. The Fishing Boat Inn at Boulmer has a seaside verandah and serves food but doesn't allow dogs inside. The Ship at Newton by the Sea or The Joiners Arms are also worth a visit.
Swim & Surf!
If the weather allows, bring your wetsuits and swim in the sea! Boogie boards a must! Or you could book some kite surfing lessons at Budle Bay or Beadnall Beach. There is a surf school at Amble.
Check out the list of Yellow Books gardens that are open to the public in Northumberland. Falladon Hall at Embleton is fascinating and Netherwitton Open gardens near Morpeth is fun and the teas amazing. Herterton House in Cambo is a great illustration of two people obsessional love and developement of an unprepossessing space.
For Special Events
Make it easy on yourself and instead of slaving over the stove creating supper, book www.emilybotham.com for a dinner party or a festive feast from www.wilkinsfinedining.com and enjoy your own gourmet food in the comfort of Overcliffe with no washing up!Ask Linda for the mobile number of the local bay fisherman or try The Old Boat House on the Quay at Amble open 7 days a week 12-9pm 01665711232.
Foxton 01665 830231 has a super lady Pro, Linzi for lessons. Alnmouth Village Course is the oldest in the country along the coast. Bamburgh is 40 minutes away and is hilly but has stunning views. Embleton is 20 minutes away and has a dry links course along coast and fabulous views of Dunstanburgh Castle. Goswick is still further up the coast.Warkworth is a pretty 9 hole course.
Northumberland Three Castles Golf Tournament
Entry fee £66 per pair for all 3 days and includes 3 rounds of golf at some of Northumberland's most stunning courses. Please contact Alnwick Castle Golf Club if interested 01665 602632. You can buy a coastal classic golf pass for 3 green fees at a reduced rate, just ring Foxton Hall and ask the Secretary.
Alnwick Food and Beer Festival
for details. Alnwick Music Festival.
Concerts at Leeds Arena, visit relatives, enjoy the Leeds Indie Food Festival, exhibitions at the Henry Moore Gallery, golf a wonderful courses at Alwoodley and Moortown, shop to your heart's content or search the visit Leeds or www.treasuretrails.com websites.
For all rentals please contact
07474449190 or Linda Burrows
07801651783 at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dunstarn Cottage is also available through Air B and B.
Our inaugural outdoor picnic theatre event Pride and Prejudice was held on 7th July 2017 at Dunstarn Farm Adel Leeds 16 by Chapterhouse Theatre Co. 250 guests attended.
Last updated 26th Sept 2017
Web photos courtesy Linda Burrows